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Meet Sadie Radinsky

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sadie Radinsky.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sadie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Looking back on my baby videos, it’s clear that I have always been in love with food. Especially sweets. There’s one video from my second birthday where I’m rattling on about pineapple, tiramisu, and wanting to be an “ice cream person” when I grow up. I loved everything about food—going to farmer’s markets, helping my mom decorate birthday cakes, and eating her famous lasagna.

This all changed when I was in fourth grade, and suddenly came down with stomach pains and nausea that just wouldn’t go away. My parents took me to so many doctors, yet not one of them knew what was wrong with me. Some even said the pain was in my head. It was incredibly frustrating. The worst part was that I could barely eat any food—let alone relish it—because eating would send me into stomach pain.

After a dozen failed doctor’s visits, I tried going gluten-free as a last resort. Over the course of two months, my pain went away. I was able to go back to school, back to friends, and—best of all—back to eating food. But I was quickly disappointed by my new gluten-free diet. All the ($10) gluten-free snacks and baked goods we bought at Whole Foods tasted exactly like cardboard. I knew there had to be a way to feel good while also enjoying delicious treats.

So, I rolled up my little nine-year-old sleeves and got baking. At first, I made recipes from the few gluten-free & Paleo blogs online, and soon I was able to create recipes all on my own. I experimented with different nut flours, sweeteners and chocolates. These treats were really good—actually better than the glutenous ones I used to love. I was hooked.

One summer, when I was twelve, I realized that I’d created quite the arsenal of gluten-free treat recipes. I decided it was time to share them with the world. So, I launched a little blog called Goodies Against The Grain. For the next five years, that’s where I shared my weekly recipes for grain-free treats.

As my blog and social media platforms grew, I began connecting with women from all over the world. We shared thoughts and stories and recipes. Girls reached out to me with questions about food and wellbeing, and I gave advice. I decided that I wanted to bring this expanded conversation into my work. So last year, I launched a new site called Whole Girl, which addresses… you guessed it… the whole girl! Every part of ourselves. We talk about dealing with stress, standing up for ourselves, fighting against double standards, fueling ourselves with nourishing food, mindset around eating, and much, much more. And yummy recipes, of course.

Now, I blog and post constantly, and have a couple really exciting projects coming out soon that I can’t wait to announce. It is so strange and incredible to look back and realize that a mysterious sickness nine years ago sprouted into all this purpose, growth, and creativity in my life. Plus, it looks like I ended up an Ice Cream Person after all.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
My goal with Whole Girl is to help young women fully embrace and appreciate themselves, and create a positive relationship with food. As teen girls, we receive an onslaught of messages from the media telling us to look different, act different, change ourselves in a million different ways, and treat food as an enemy. I want us to rebel against that.

On my website and social media, I share insights and practices for empowering every part of our lives–like self-care and mindfulness, self-love, and realizing our worth. I also give recipes for delicious meals, snacks, and treats that make our bodies and our taste buds feel good. I want Whole Girl to be a place where everyone feels welcomed, and can learn something that positively impacts their lives. Everything I create stems from my belief that teen girls are incredible, powerful, and complete.

What were you like growing up?
Ever since I could speak, I have been the most talkative introvert you’ll ever meet. When I was younger, my parents always let me know that my voice was valid, and told me I should share it with the world (hence my inability to stop talking). But in all seriousness, knowing from a young age that I should use my voice was extremely powerful. I always knew that my voice was worthy, and that the world wanted to hear what I had to say. I want every single girl out there to know that, too. I think the world would be a much better place if we valued the opinion of girls and young women, and encouraged them to speak their minds.

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Jackie Radinsky

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